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James D. Shields, Principal

James D. Shields, Principal
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Jim Shields is a serial entrepreneur, strategic investor and successful attorney with over three decades of experience supporting closely held founder lead businesses, managing complex commercial business litigation, and representing financial institutions and capital intermediaries.  


Jim is the CEO of The Shields Group, a company that has a very experienced and robust operating team that relies on both the full service law firm together with a shared services engagement model to partner with private companies to grow and complete successful transactions as well as preserve family legacy for the next generation.


Jim grew up in the Dallas area and attended Jesuit College Preparatory School in his youth.  After achieving his undergraduate degree from Saint Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX, he went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from Saint Mary’s University School of Law.


Giving back to the North Texas community and fostering talents of young entrepreneurs are strong passions of Jim’s. In 2013, Jim launched a community involvement project called IMPACT 365, which inspires each individual in the firm to take intentional action every day to help someone else. Jim pours his heart, time and resources into Communities Foundation of Texas For Business, an organization that supports charities in the North Texas area and makes it easier for small businesses to give back. The firm has been a Cornerstone Sponsor for the past two years. 


In efforts to help the next generation succeed in business and make the world a better place, Jim is a frequent lecturer at local North Texas universities where he speaks on entrepreneurship and topics related to management of complex legal disputes and litigation strategy. 


Jim has been married to Catherine Shields for 38 years and they share three amazing children together – 32, 27 and 25 years old. Jim and Cathie are proud to share their legacy with their three children, whom are all successful in their own right and are involved in the Firm in different ways. When you partner with Shields Legal Group, you are truly working in a family environment where values and integrity are at the core. 


Outside of his entrepreneurial endeavors and practicing law, Jim enjoys flying airplanes, motorcycle riding and elite skiing. 


Jim is a member of the American Bar Association, Texas Bar Association, and Dallas Bar Association.

Please let Jim know how how he may help your business grow and increase shareholder value.

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